Breeding Challenges

March 5, 2012 in General Banggai Info, Slideshow

The Banggai Cardinalfish, seen in this image by

Banggai babies in a German reef aquarium, newly released from their male parent's mouth.

Daniel Knop, editor of KORALLE, the highly acclaimed German reefkeeping magazine, will spawn readily in an aquarium setting.

The newly released juveniles are tiny, perfect replicas of their parents, and in theory should be easy to breed in captivity.

Because of the low fecundity of the species, very few Banggai Cardinals are being produced either on a large scale or by home breeders.

The BANGGAI RESCUE Project will attempt to change this, with new approaches to mariculture in Indonesia, enhanced commercial production, and a campaign to encourage breeding by home aquarists.

One serious impediment to breeding is the existence of a “mystery disease” that has killed many specimens collected in the wild and shipped to the United States. Many would-be breeders have lost up to 100% of their wild-caught broodstock, often within weeks of acquiring them.

A marine veterinary pathologist will join the BANGGAI RESCUE Expedition in an attempt to track the source of the infections. Higher survival rates could greatly improve the efficiency of the supply chain, to the benefit of collectors, shippers, importers, distributors, local aquarium retailers, breeders, and hobbyists.